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The RIAA strikes again

It looks like the RIAA's war on music pirates continues to affect not only legitimate consumers but music companies as well. This week, Creative announced that it will be removing FM radio recording from its portable music players from here on out. Creative has released a new firmware update for its Zen MicroPhoto and Zen Vision:M players that removes FM recording. We're finding it baffling that owners of the above products would rush to download such an update.

Earlier this year, XM Satellite Radio was handed a lawsuit by the RIAA for allow its subscribers to record satellite radio broadcasts onto portable XM players. XM argued that while users were able to record whatever they pleased, the songs were not transferable and users were not able to move data onto a computer. Despite this important detail, the RIAA pressed forward anyway, indicating that it wanted XM to pay a hefty $150,000 for every song that XM users downloaded.

MP3s, satellite radio and FM radio are all part of the RIAA's music portfolio. Companies are now facing stricter regulations and consumers continue to face ongoing lawsuits.

Besides removing FM recording off its new Zen firmware, Creative also introduced several minor fixes such as video zooming and language support.


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RE: Yay more good news form the RIAA
By mindless1 on 10/16/2006 7:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
What makes you think they DON'T want a no-copy code and compliant equipment forced upon consumers?

Such is perceived as being undesirable to the consumer but when you get a large arrogant company like Creative, they figure they're popular enough they can do without the feature. They'll be right in some cases of course, some people don't want FM recording, but others like myself can't see anything positive about removing it, want a player that can record voice and FM.


By INeedCache on 10/16/2006 8:01:02 PM , Rating: 5
The RIAA wants everyone over 16 to pay them $10 a day, whether they even listen to music or not. In fact, the RIAA wants $.25 everytime you even think about music.


"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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